Capitals' Lundqvist will miss season due to heart condition

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Washington Capitals goaltender Henrik Lundqvist announced he will miss the 2020-21 season due to a heart condition.

"Today is a very tough and emotional day for me," Lundqvist posted on Twitter. "For several weeks now, I have been undergoing different types of tests related to a heart condition. And after lots of discussions with doctors around the country and finally receiving the last results earlier this week, I unfortunately won't be able to join the team this year."

Lundqvist was an unknown draft pick selected in the seventh round by New York in the 2000 NHL draft and made his league debut on Oct. 8, 2005 after an injury to starting goaltender Kevin Weekes. The Rangers found instant success with the rookie goaltender and went on to only miss the playoffs once between 2006 and 2017. They reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 2014, falling to the Los Angeles Kings in five games.

Lundqvist signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with Washington in October after a 15-year career with the New York Rangers. The Capitals released a statement in support of Lundqvist's decision to step away from the game and focus on his health.

"The Washington Capitals are supportive of Henrik's decision to step away from hockey at this time due to his heart condition," the Capitals said in a statement. "Our players' health is of the utmost importance, and we stand behind Henrik's decision. We want to wish him and his family all the best moving forward."

Lundqvist, 38, is a two-time All-Star with a 459-310 career record, a 2.43 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.